FOLLOWUP: Vandalized signal-box mural restored

Thanks for the tips. In our photo, that’s muralist Desmond Hansen, out at 35th/Alaska this afternoon restoring his signal-box portrait of Chris Cornell. As noted here last Sunday, it was defaced (literally, with black paint over the face) about the same time as Easy Street Records‘ south-facing multi-mural wall, which also included a portrait of Chris Cornell. That one, by a different artist, was restored on Labor Day; now this one is restored too. Hansen originally painted it four and a half year ago.

24 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Vandalized signal-box mural restored"

  • Odd son September 10, 2022 (5:28 pm)

    Graffiti has been bad for the last couple of years. I report it with FIFI with mixed results. Sad to see it “evolve” to destroying art work and that of a local legend in 2 locations. 

  • Buddy September 10, 2022 (5:47 pm)

    Who is Chris Cornell, nice if you give more information on who that person is. 

    • waikikigirl September 10, 2022 (7:19 pm)

      Are you making a joke ?

    • Gay September 10, 2022 (7:19 pm)

      Seriously?  You can’t do a search?  Oy vay.

    • Westwood September 10, 2022 (7:21 pm)

      The late, great Chris Cornell was the lead singer for Seattle’s own Soundgarden. 

    • Tim September 10, 2022 (7:29 pm)

    • Marina September 10, 2022 (7:44 pm)


    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul September 10, 2022 (7:44 pm)

      Short version; Soundgarden lead vocals…one of the most amazing vocal ranges ever. Wonderful person, funny, intuitive…. He is missed greatly.

    • ~Hockeywitch~ September 10, 2022 (7:50 pm)

      Chris Cornell,  singer of local band Soundgarden. Huge in the early to mid 90’s.

    • Smoosh September 10, 2022 (8:14 pm)

      On the way to complain about someone’s lack of effort you could have stopped by google to figure this out on your own.

      He was a great singer for two huge bands, Soundgarden (from Seattle) and Audioslave. He hung himself to death as the wild swings between adoring crowds and lonely hotel rooms while away from family mixed with anxiety pills and alcohol were too much to bear.

    • Ly September 10, 2022 (10:24 pm)

      Wsb already does a fantastic job with reporting and here you’re complaining they didn’t provide enough info. Stop being so entitled and just look it up yourself

  • Patrick September 10, 2022 (6:53 pm)

    Thank you Desmond!

  • JustJedSaid September 10, 2022 (7:05 pm)

    I’m in awe of this guy. I hope Mr. Hansen knows how much we appreciate him and all the other artists and the beauty they bring to West Seattle with their art. I hope I don’t catch someone defacing artwork in our neighborhood…most likely an ambulance will be needed for one or both of us. Just sayin’.

    • TallChad September 11, 2022 (11:10 am)

      I second this!

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul September 10, 2022 (7:45 pm)

    The likeness in this one is so much better. That’s one positive thing coming from a negative action.Good work. Again.You are missed Chris.

  • waikikigirl September 10, 2022 (9:02 pm)

    And did you know Chris was a cook for Ray’s Boathouse? Also a friend of a bunch of people I worked with for over 25 years.  remembering-chris-cornell-the-quiet-cook-at-rays-boathouse-who-became-a-rock-god

  • Pat davis September 10, 2022 (9:23 pm)

    Geez… Don’t get distracted by suggesting Google searches. This is more than Graffiti. It’s vandalism and disrespect for our neighborhood and our culture and our history.

    • Westwood September 11, 2022 (4:11 am)

      Nobody suggested it was graffiti. The story very clearly calls it vandalism. 

  • BJ September 11, 2022 (10:59 am)


  • 22blades September 11, 2022 (12:55 pm)

    First of all, thanks to Desmond for all his art but for restoring his works. Second: WSB. Can you do an interview with him? Curious & thankful.

  • Terremoto September 13, 2022 (8:24 am)

    I have read that there is anti-graffitti “coating” available. Is that a myth?  Slippery so paint just slides off.

  • JH September 13, 2022 (8:36 pm)

    Do they have any suspects in custody for this?

    • WSB September 13, 2022 (9:06 pm)

      Haven’t heard of any suspects being identified, although we wouldn’t necessarily hear until and unless charges were filed.

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